The old plate on the top of this wall upon which the rafters rested can be seen in the closets of the third story (see a a a, thirdfloor plan).
The date of the construction of this building is unknown.
It is far more ancient than it has generally been supposed to be, and was probably built for the use of the tenant who occupied the westerly portion of the Ten Hills farm, very likely during the ownership of the Winthrops.
Col. Charles Lidgett, writing from England to his agent, Mr. Francis Foxcroft,
Third floor. under date of Nov. 5, 1690, speaks of his tenant, Thomas Marrable, who occupied a portion of the Ten Hills farm. From the correspondence between Colonel Lidgett and his agent it is inferred that Thomas Marrable occupied the westerly portion of the Ten Hills farm on which the Royall house now stands.
No doubt he lived in the old house we are now considering.
Mr. Wyman in his History of Charlestown Estates says that Thomas Marrable lived at Usher's farm.
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